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Red Sea uncertainty

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14 June 2011 by Luke McCormick

Air travellers to Greece and the Red Sea have been warned to expect flight disruption caused by potential industrial action and the fall-out from a volcanic eruption.

The potential strike action by Greek unions on Wednesday could cause ‘significant disruption', but perhaps more worrying is the growing ash cloud covering parts of East Africa after the Nabro Volcano erupted in Eritrea on Sunday following a series of earthquakes.

There is some possibility of disruption to flights in and out of Sharm el Sheikh today and tomorrow as a result of the ash cloud, which is moving towards Israel.

Authorities there say it is too early to say whether it would cause disruption to flights, but according to the Israel Meteorological Survey, the ash is expected to reach Saudi Arabia and Jordan where flights are likely to be severely affected by ash.

The ash cloud has already led to some cancellations across East Africa, with German airline Lufthansa cancelling flights to both Eritrea and Ethiopia.

"If the cloud reaches Egypt, Israel or the Arab peninsula, the impact on air traffic will be more significant, but it is too early to know," the BBC quoted Jean Nicolau of Meteo-France, telling AFP.

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